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鹽水蜂炮 ── 越炸越旺、好運一直來 Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival

這個特有的節慶是怎麼開始的呢?
FEB. 08, 2021
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鹽水蜂炮 —— 越炸越旺、好運一直來 Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to get hit by a thousand bottle rockets? If so, you might want to check out the Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival in Tainan. During this unique festival, there are many floats and festivities, but the most famous part is the fireworks. Thousands of bottle rockets are fired at brave participants who stand right in front of the explosive bottle rockets on purpose!

你是否曾經想過,被一千支沖天炮擊中會是什麼滋味呢?若真如此,你可能會想去走訪一下臺南的鹽水蜂炮節。這個獨特的節慶中會有許多花車和慶祝活動,但最著名的重頭戲還是煙火。數以千計的沖天炮射向勇敢的參與民眾,他們可是故意站在這些會炸翻天的沖天炮面前呢!

bottle rocket n. 沖天炮
participant [ pɑrˈtɪsəpənt ] n. 參與者
explosive [ ɪkˈsplosɪv ] a. 會(引起)爆炸的

鹽水蜂炮 —— 越炸越旺、好運一直來 Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival

How did this unique festival start? In the late 19th century, Yanshui was a busy port city. At the time, many residents were suffering from a plague. In order to drive out the disease, locals paraded a statue of a god around the city and set off lots of firecrackers. Shortly afterwards, the disease seemed to go away! Many years later, people began using bottle rockets instead of firecrackers for the festival.

這個特有的節慶是怎麼開始的呢? 鹽水在十九世紀末曾是一座繁忙的港都。 當時有許多居民正遭受瘟疫的折磨。 為了趕走這種疾病,當地人抬了一尊神像遶行整座城市,並燃放大量鞭炮。不久之後,這種疾病似乎就消失了!多年後,人們開始在這個節慶中用沖天炮來取代鞭炮。

plague [ pleg ] n. 瘟疫
parade [ pəˈred ] vt. 把……(沿街)示眾
set off... / set... off 施放……(煙火、鞭炮等)

鹽水蜂炮 —— 越炸越旺、好運一直來 Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival

More recently, large platforms have been used to launch the bottle rockets. These platforms resemble giant beehives, which is how the festival got its current name. If you feel brave enough to take on a bunch of exploding bottle rockets, check out the Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival!

距今更近的時候,還採用了大型平臺來施放沖天炮。 這些平臺跟巨大的蜂巢頗為相似,這就是此節慶現今名稱的由來。如果你有勇氣挑戰一大堆炸個不停的沖天炮,就到鹽水蜂炮節走走吧!

beehive [ ˈbiˌhaɪv ] n. 蜂巢

 

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